HEC Punjab Inter University Debate Contest 2012

Inter-university debate winners awarded
Islamabad, Jan 07: Higher Education Commission (HEC) held 15th Punjab Region Inter University Debate Contest for award of Allama Iqbal Shield 2012.

Topic of the competition was 'Education is the Most Effective Weapon against Rising Tide of Extremism.' Around 72 contestants from 31 public and private sector higher education institutions of Punjab participated in the contest. Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation/Education and Literacy Punjab Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rahman was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony.

Mujtaba lauded the efforts of HEC for organising debating event and admired the debate contestants on their effective participation. He encouraged students to participate in co-curricular activities to polish their skills.

While commenting over the topic of the debate, he termed it quite relevant to the needs of present time. He also applauded the decade long contribution of HEC in revolutionising the Pakistani higher education sector and bringing it at par with international standards. He distributed cash prizes shields and certificates among the position holders.

The top three winners (both in English and Urdu debate contests) were awarded cash prizes and shields. Top scoring team and one overall winner each in English and Urdu debate contests (six students) qualified for the final round of All Pakistan Inter University debate contest for award of Allama Iqbal shield.

First, second and third positions in English debating contest were secured by Ahmed Nadir from UET Taxila, Umar Khayam from PMAS-Arid Agriculture University and Safia Zia form University of Gujrat respectively. In the Urdu-debating contest, first, second, and third positions were secured by Hamza Hameed Tarar from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Salman Tariq from University of the Punjab, Lahore, and Talah Wali from UET, Lahore, respectively.

Earlier, Nazeer Hussain Director HEC Regional Centre, Lahore, highlighted the details and significance of the All Pakistan Inter University Debating Contest for award of Allama Iqbal shield. Lieutenant General (r) Muhammad Akram Khan, Vice Chancellor UET, Lahore, and Professor Dr. Muhammad Khaleeque Ur Rehman, Vice Chancellor GCU, Lahore, were the guest of honour during the English and Urdu debating contest sessions respectively. Farman Ullah Anjum, Director General Academics HEC was also present on the occasion.

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AIOU BS programme
Islamabad: Students of country's remote region like Umerkot and Dera Ghazi Khan will be able to receive professional degree in BS (Computer Science) for the first time in history. The students will get teaching facility through Video-Conferencing, being arranged by the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU). The inaugural ceremony for introducing the BS (Computer Science) classes in the two regions will be held on Wednesday (9th January) at 9:30 a.m. The news

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'Aitchison College's glory will be restored'
Lahore: Punjab Governor Makhdum Ahmad Mahmud said on Saturday the glory and dignity of Aitchison College would be restored and no compromise would be made with regard to the standard of education.

"This prestigious institution should not only produce good students but also principled and better human beings," the governor said at the first informal meeting of the new members of Aitchison College's BOG.

The meeting decided that academic standards of Aitchison College would be brought on par with that of acclaimed international institutions. It was also decided that admissions should be made on merit and any violation in this regard would not be tolerated. Daily times

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PU laptop ceremony
Lahore: A ceremony will be held at the Punjab University (PU) Law College Ground, New Campus, at 11am on Monday (today) in order to distribute laptop among students of the university.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will be chief guest on the occasion. Around 8,500 laptops will be distributed among newly admitted morning and evening students of 3rd year, 5th year, MPhil and PhD.

Presiding over a meeting to review the arrangements for the ceremony for distribution of laptops in PU, Special Assistant to CM Zaeem Qadri has said that distribution of laptops had brought a revolution in information technology. The news

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GCU to hold conference on water issues
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) will organise an international conference, titled 'The Politics of Water Resources Governance in the Indus Basin', to discuss the politics of water between Pakistan and India, on Wednesday.

GCU Political Science Department (PSD) and United Nations University's Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) are jointly organising this conference.

GCU PSD chairperson Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said that the conference would not only help produce critical mass of research in the discipline but also encourage local academics to research and formulate indigenous responses to the challenges posed by water scarcity and politics.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman said the conference was highly critical as water scarcity was becoming an increasingly important consideration in the larger political agenda.

"It is fully recognised that water has a significant role to play in easing tensions and conflicts, stimulating cooperation, and ensuring economic and social development for sustainable long-term growth and human well-being," he added.

David Gilmartin from North Carolina State University, USA; Dan Haines from University of London, UK; Douglas Hill from University of Otago, New Zealand; Lydia Powell from Observers Research Foundation, India; Giovanna Gioli from University of Hamburg, Germany; Awais Piracha from University of Western Sydney, Australia; Professor Ganesh P Shivakoti from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; Yi-Chen E Yang from University of Massachusetts, USA; Claudia Ringler from International Food Policy Institute, USA, Jürgen Scheffran University of Hamburg, Germany, Dave J Devlaeminck from McMaster University, Canada and several other foreigners are coming to deliberate on the critical perspectives of the topic of the conference. Daily times

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